The Overlook Hotel

Works started on this site as a small temporary building completed in 1910, year on year, as holiday makes flocked here the hotel was expanded and expanded, creating a sprawling maze between the rooms, with corridors and passages popping up all over.

After being threatened by bushfires and falling patronage, the operator of the hotel locked the doors with a weeks notice, and left, where it’s sat ever since.



Augustus Gloop

Once the hub of power generation for South Australia, the towering stack of Northern Power Station, and the multiple stacks of Playford B made up the Port Augusta Power Station complex.

Playford B Power Station was mothballed in 2012. Built in the 1960’s when a productive workplace had 6 chimneys that all billowed out smoke, just to show how much work you were getting done.

Northern Power station was shut down in early 2016, due to falling power prices.

We were if anything too eager to see the old girls up close before they were gone. It would have been wise to wait until the staff had left, but enjoy the pictures!

Solar Power Station

Person for scale

Most of the power stations we visit are coal, nuclear or gas fired. All technologies that have gone out of favour as renewable grow cheaper and more prevalent.

Solar Concentrators  track the sun throughout the day, using hundreds of mirrors to focus the energy into a small area, concentrating the power 500 times.

Slated to be the biggest and most efficient solar photo-voltaic power station in the world,  somehow this Solar Power Station in Victoria became abandoned. The mirrors painted over, gates shut and forgotten about.

Abandoned Theater

Built in the 1950’s in the center of one of the largest towns in the state, the Civic Hall seated 1,500. It hosted numerous well known Australian bands and even the Royals in the 1970’s.

The locals are trying hard to get the Civic Hall Revitalized, but for now, it’s unused.

We arrived late and set up camp inside one of the dressing rooms and went to sleep.

Waking up early we took our time exploring the Civic Hall in the daylight. After we’d taken our photos and made the curtains go up and down until we got bored, we headed out, through the air vent we’d climbed in through.

What we didn’t expect however, was that there would be a farmers market using the car park of the Civic Hall, or that we’d climb out and into a stand selling potatoes…